Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 11/17/14

We had another frost this past week, so it was time to admit that the summer garden is done. I spent the entire weekend pulling all my summer plants (other than my pumpkin vines) and harvesting anything left on the plants, including unripe chili peppers and tomatoes, which can still be eaten. I also made a trip to the fairgrounds to pick up my canned goods and ribbons and got a nice surprise when I got there. This week’s garden photos!

Grinder in the Garden

I just got the greatest garden tool this past weekend – and for just a few dollars on Craigslist. It’s a manual, steel Porkert 12 meat grinder (made in the Czech Republic). What? A meat grinder in the garden? You bet! But wait, there’s more!

How to Make Compost

Compost is nutrient-dense, decomposed organic material that is used to augment garden soil. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s practically free. You have all the materials you need in your home and yard. Your only cost will be for a compost bin. If you recycle old decking planks, like I did, even your cost for the bin will be minimal. But wait, there’s more!